Law

Local economic espionage case full of intrigue

September 1, 2010
Cory Schouten
The government's allegations read like a spy novel: Dr. Ke-xue "John" Huang lands a job at Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences and over five years works himself into a position of trust, with access to trade secrets and processes the company has invested $300 million to develop.
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New Jersey fines Carmel company over dangerous toy

September 1, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana Novelty International, which does business as Kipp Brothers, was ordered to pay a $54,300 fine and reimburse the state's investigative costs.
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Ex-Dow Agro scientist's espionage indictment unsealed

August 31, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A federal indictment unsealed Tuesday in Indianapolis charged 45-year-old Ke-xue "John" Huang with theft and attempted theft of trade secrets to benefit a foreign government.
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Family of woman killed by falling bottled-water pallets files suit

August 31, 2010
Cory Schouten
The estate of a woman killed when pallets of bottled water fell on her at a Kroger store in Franklin is suing the bottler, suggesting a new eco-friendly bottle design may have contributed to the accident.
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Banks still cautious on commercial real estateRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Scott Olson
Singed by the downturn, banks are winnowing real estate portfolios.
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Apartment developer S.C. Bodner sued over accessibilityRestricted Content

August 28, 2010
Cory Schouten
The National Fair Housing Alliance and two of its member groups allege that Bodner communities in eight states including Indiana violate accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act.
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Plea hearing set for defendant in $880M fraud case

August 23, 2010
Associated Press
Prosecutors say 41-year-old Miami Beach resident Nevin Shapiro left at least 60 investors in Florida, Indiana and New Jersey with about $80 million in losses after his Ponzi scheme collapsed.
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Is University Loft's rival going on attack again?Restricted Content

August 21, 2010
Greg Andrews
The Greenfield furniture-maker has an acrimonious history with California-based Furniture by Thurston.
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Casino operator Centaur aims to exit bankruptcy much leaner

August 21, 2010
Scott Olson
Centaur plans to sell a casino west of Denver and a stalled casino development near Pittsburgh.
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Attorney General files suit against local publisher

August 17, 2010
Attorney General accuses David Caswell and New Century Publishing of violating state consumer protection laws by accepting payment without providing publishing services. IBJ reported July 30 that several authors had paid New Century for books but never received them.
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New Jersey project enriched Simons

August 14, 2010
Cory Schouten
The battle over the estate of Melvin Simon has thrown a spotlight on a New Jersey development project that, by itself, has made many Simon family members multi-millionaires.
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Fair Finance trustee finds lots of debts, few assets

August 14, 2010
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham, Fair’s co-owner and CEO, burned through staggering sums on a lavish lifestyle, loans and gifts to friends, and loans to businesses he partly owned that performed dismally.
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Tim Durham closes New Castle restaurant

August 13, 2010
Greg Andrews
A sign on the door of Durhams Ristorante says the moderately priced Italian eatery will be "closed until further notice."
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HR firm FlashPoint severs ties with Barnes & Thornburg

August 13, 2010
Scott Olson
FlashPoint's co-owners purchase remaining shares from law firm to give them sole ownership of the company they founded in 2002.
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Eli Lilly loses patent lawsuit for Strattera

August 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Eli Lilly and Co. on Thursday lowered its revenue outlook for the year after it lost a patent lawsuit over its attention deficit hyperactivity drug Strattera. The patent had been set to expire in May 2017. Lilly plans to appeal.
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Schrenker to plead guilty to securities fraud

August 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A former money manager convicted of trying to fake his own death in a Florida plane crash last year has agreed to plead guilty to securities fraud charges in Indiana. Marcus Schrenker would face 10 years in prison.
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Roche hit with new breed of patent suit

August 11, 2010
J.K. Wall
Roche Diagnostics, a Swiss company that keeps its U.S. headquarters in Indianapolis, has been sued for marking its Accu-Chek blood glucose monitors and accessories with patents that are expired. Illinois resident David O’Neill has sued on behalf of the U.S. government to recover damages of $500 per infraction.
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Judge refuses to unseal Fair Finance search warrants

August 10, 2010
Greg Andrews
Judge Sara Lioi ruled the right of access to search warrant records connected with an ongoing investigation is “not absolute” and not justified in this case.
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Judge to order mediation in Simon estate dispute

August 10, 2010
Cory Schouten
Hamilton County Judge William J. Hughes said it's clear that all the parties involved in a series of disputes surrounding late mall billionaire Melvin Simon's estate need to "sit across the table from each other and try to work things out."
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Lawsuit claims builder broke handicapped rights

August 10, 2010
Associated Press
The suit against SC Bodner Co. says 16 Bodner properties in eight states violate the Fair Housing Act.
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Court defeat lost in Lilly's gloomy long-term outlook

August 9, 2010
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co.'s loss of a patent on one of its blockbuster drugs in court late last month received a collective yawn from investors, who have shunned the stock because of five looming patent expirations.
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Benesch/Dann Pecar adds lawyers from Barnes & Thornburg

August 7, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The firm--the product of a merger between a local firm and a Cleveland firm--is bolstering its business reorganization practice.
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Trustee pressing Daniels, others to return Durham's donations

August 5, 2010
J.K. Wall
Trustee Brian Bash has sent letters to politicians who he says received a total of $900,000 in funds Durham had borrowed from the coffers of Fair Finance, a now-bankrupt investment firm based in Ohio.
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Former commerce chief lands at local company

August 4, 2010
Scott Olson
Nate Feltman, former state secretary of commerce, has left his partnership position at Baker & Daniels LLP to become president of Home Health Depot LLP, a growing home-medical-equipment supplier.
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Trustee: Durham used Fair funds for gambling, donations

August 3, 2010
Greg Andrews, Associated Press
The bankruptcy trustee said Durham spent $2.8 million on gambling and resorts, $3.3 million on interior decorating and $14 million on real estate.
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  1. Hiking blocks to an office after fighting traffic is not logical. Having office buildings around the loop, 465 and in cities in surrounding counties is logical. In other words, counties around Indianapolis need office buildings like Keystone, Meridian, Michigan Road/College Park and then no need to go downtown. Financial, legal, professional businesses don't need the downtown when Carmel, Fishers, North Indy are building their own central office buildings close to the professionals. The more Hamilton, Boone county attract professionals, the less downtown is relevant. Highrises have no meaning if they don't have adequate parking for professionals and clients. Great for show, but not exactly downtown Chicago, no lakefront, no river to speak of, and no view from highrises of lake Michigan and the magnificent mile. Indianapolis has no view.

  2. "The car count, THE SERIES, THE RACING, THE RATINGS, THE ATTENDANCE< AND THE MANAGEMENT, EVERY season is sub-par." ______________ You're welcome!

  3. that it actually looked a lot like Sato v Franchitti @Houston. And judging from Dario's marble mouthed presentation providing "color", I'd say that he still suffers from his Dallara inflicted head injury._______Considering that the Formula E cars weren't going that quickly at that exact moment, that was impressive air time. But I guess we shouldn't be surprised, as Dallara is the only car builder that needs an FAA certification for their cars. But flying Dallaras aren't new. Just ask Dan Wheldon.

  4. Does anyone know how and where I can get involved and included?

  5. While the data supporting the success of educating our preschoolers is significant, the method of reaching this age group should be multi-faceted. Getting business involved in support of early childhood education is needed. But the ways for businesses to be involved are not just giving money to programs and services. Corporations and businesses educating their own workforce in the importance of sending a child to kindergarten prepared to learn is an alternative way that needs to be addressed. Helping parents prepare their children for school and be involved is a proven method for success. However, many parents are not sure how to help their children. The public is often led to think that preschool education happens only in schools, daycare, or learning centers but parents and other family members along with pediatricians, librarians, museums, etc. are valuable resources in educating our youngsters. When parents are informed through work lunch hour workshops in educating a young child, website exposure to exceptional teaching ideas that illustrate how to encourage learning for fun, media input, and directed community focus on early childhood that is when a difference will be seen. As a society we all need to look outside the normal paths of educating and reaching preschoolers. It is when methods of involving the most important adult in a child's life - a parent, that real success in educating our future workers will occur. The website www.ifnotyouwho.org is free and illustrates activities that are research-based, easy to follow and fun! Businesses should be encouraging their workers to tackle this issue and this website makes it easy for parents to be involved. The focus of preschool education should be to inspire all the adults in a preschooler's life to be aware of what they can do to prepare a child for their future life. Fortunately we now know best practices to prepare a child for a successful start to school. Is the business community ready to be involved in educating preschoolers when it becomes more than a donation but a challenge to their own workers?

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